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Legal Services are GREAT

The Ministry of Justice has launched a campaign to highlight the benefits of the UK legal services sector.

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The UK Legal Sector

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Whether you are expanding your business, establishing operations in new markets or drafting contracts, the UK legal sector is on hand to support your commercial interests at home and abroad.

English law is pro-business

English law is the most popular choice of law in the world for commercial contracts and it governs about 40% of all global corporate arbitrations. English law provides the clarity, flexibility and certainty that your business needs.

Resolving disputes quickly and cost-effectively

People across the world choose London as the place to resolve their disputes. At the London Court of International Arbitration 80% of parties are from overseas.

When business disputes arise, you will find top legal expertise to advise on the best approach to resolving issues in the quickest, least costly manner including through mediation, arbitration or in the courts.

UK law firms and chambers offer an international network of talent to help you navigate your cross-border deals. Through professional partnerships across the globe, these legal experts will support all the legal needs of your business, wherever you are located.

UK judges are respected internationally

The UK offers modern courts and respected judgments on which your business can rely.

UK judges are respected internationally for their intellect, independence and commercial expertise. Most judges are drawn from the ranks of practising barristers. This means they bring a practical understanding of the commercial matters they are judging.

The UK has an internationally recognised legal services sector. Quality, skill and rigour are practiced across the UK’s three jurisdictions: England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

England and Wales

Find a Solicitor - Law Society

Find a Solicitor is contains information about organisations or people providing legal services in England and Wales and who are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Find a Barrister - Bar Council: direct access portal

The Direct Access Portal lists the barristers who accept direct instruction from members of the public or companies without requiring instruction from a solicitor.

Check if a Barrister is authorised to practice - Bar Standards Board

The Barristers’ Register is an online database which contains details of all barristers who are authorised to practise in England and Wales.

Scotland

Find a Solicitor - Law Society of Scotland

This database contains contact details of law firms and practising solicitors throughout Scotland and who are regulated by the Law Society of Scotland.

Find an Advocate - The Faculty of Advocates

Find an Advocate contains information about every practising Advocate at the Scottish bar.

Northern Ireland

Find a Solicitor - Law Society of Northern Ireland

This database contains contact details of law firms and practising solicitors throughout Northern Ireland and who are regulated by the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

Find a Barrister - Bar of Northern Ireland

This database contains information about every practising barrister in Northern Ireland.

Other resources

For more information contact legalservicesaregreat@justice.gov.uk

Published 14 December 2017